Lecture Series Offer Insight Into Scholarly Process, Opportunity to Enter Intellectual Dialogue

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:38 pm.

This year, the Mary Flexner Lectureship, which has brought  some of the world’s best-known humanists to Bryn Mawr and resulted in a number of highly influential books, will bring prominent gender theorist Judith Butler to campus.

But the three Flexner Lectures hardly present the only opportunity to hear scholars speak publicly about their work at Bryn Mawr. Students, faculty, and staff — as well as interested members of the general public — can observe and engage in scholarly dialogue at a remarkable variety of lecture series and colloquia offered by departments and programs of the College. Listed below are some of the regular offerings, all free and open to the public. Many offer opportunities to socialize and exchange ideas immediately before or after lectures. Titles link to further information.

  • The Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in Biology and Public Policy The Bernard K. Rothenberg Fund was established by Miriam Korn Rothenberg ’45 in memory of her husband in 1994. The Bernard Rothenberg lectureship brings distinguished individuals whose work has impacted the areas of biology and public policy to the Bryn Mawr campus for a day. Previous lecturers include Donald Kennedy, Joshua Lederberg, Arthur Caplan, Maxine Singer, Gina Kolata, and Shirley Tilghman. It is intended for a general audience.
  • The Center for Child and Family Well-Being’s Scott Lecture Series The Scott Lecture Series was launched in 2003 and is funded by the G. Mildred and A. Foster Scott foundation. This lecture series brings a diverse range of speakers to the GSSWSR. Reflecting the mission of the Center, speakers in the Scott Lecture Series address issues relevant to practice, policy and research in the broad area of child and family well-being. Past topics have included intergenerational family violence, developmental consequences of homelessness, and bullying of LGBT youth. The Scott Lecture Series is free and open to the public and provides valuable opportunities for students to meet peers, faculty members and community based professionals who share common interests in the well-being of children and families.
  • The Center for Visual Culture’s Weekly Colloquium Since 1999, the CVC’s weekly colloquium has hosted presentations in Africana Studies, Biology, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, English, French, German, Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, Growth and Structure of Cities, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, History, History of Art, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Social Work and Social Research. In these varied presentations, members of the scholarly community come together to exchange perspectives on the vital role of the visual image in the production of historical and contemporary forms of human culture around the world. Presenters include members of the Bryn Mawr faculty as well as visiting scholars.
  • The Chemistry Colloquium (Bi-College) This series, jointly offered by the Bryn Mawr and Haverford Chemistry Departments, offers talks featuring any subject matter related to chemistry. It is of interest to chemistry students, chemists, and those who admire chemists and their work.
  • The Classics Colloquium The Classics Colloquium brings in distinguished scholars from outside Bryn Mawr to speak on topics relating to antiquity, with subjects ranging from prehistoric archaeology to contemporary reception of classical themes, from the analysis of artistic representations to the stratigraphy of an archaeological site to the interpretation of philosophic ideas within a work of ancient literature. The Classics Colloquium also provides a forum for scholars within our community to present their ideas to an audience of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty in Classics, Archaeology, and related disciplines. A tea is offered before each talk.
  • The Mathematics Colloquium Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College run a weekly joint colloquium that alternates in location between the Bryn Mawr and Haverford mathematics departments. All are welcome to attend. Talks are usually on Monday afternoons from 4:00-5:00. A tea precedes the talk at 3:30 p.m. in Park Science Building (Bryn Mawr) and 3 p.m. in the Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center H208 (Haverford).
  • The Michael Powell Memorial Lecture, Department of History This series is dedicated to the memory of Michael Powell, a Bryn Mawr professor of medieval history and culture who died in 2004 at age 42. Powell, who held advanced degrees in divinity and music as well as a Ph.D. in history and medieval studies, brought an interdisciplinary approach to courses dealing with court culture, Christianity, the rise of urbanism, homosexuality and food in medieval Europe. Lecture topics generally relate to one or more of these areas of interest.
  • The Middle Eastern Studies Program Lecture Series The Middle Eastern Studies Program focuses on the study of the area from Morocco to Afghanistan from antiquity to the present day. Lectures may address a broad range of topics dealing with the history, politics and cultures of the Middle East.
  • Philosophy Department Colloquia Series The Philosophy Department Colloquia Series, funded by a bequest from longtime Bryn Mawr Philosophy Professor Milton C. Nahm , hosts about half a dozen speakers per year. Topics range widely and are often suggested by faculty members to complement courses offered in the department . Alumnae/I of the department are occasionally invited to speak; this year, for example, Margaret Battin ’73, a professor of philosophy at the University of Utah, will speak on the ethics of suicide. The department also sponsors two joint Bi-College events with the Haverford Philosophy Department; one event is held on each campus. Attendance at the colloquia is required of all majors and minors in the department, but the lectures are open to all.

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